Aug 292014
 
FMLA - Not Just Coverage for Pregnancy

Many business owners think of FMLA only when an employee is ready to go out on maternity leave or if an employee is facing a catastrophic illness such as cancer. FMLA also covers migraine headaches, back pain, influenza – and other illnesses that are considered to be “chronic or a serious health condition”. Employers and their supervisors and managers need to know the “red flags” on what to consider to be a FMLA occurrence and how to manage it. As a reminder, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that their group health benefits be maintained during the leave.  FMLA is designed to [...]

Mar 122009
 

Taming the COBRA “Lion” The old adage, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” is proving to be too very true for companies across the country. Why? Well, effective March 1st, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) President Obama’s Stimulus package, goes into effect and includes major and significant changes to the current COBRA continuation coverage. This “Lion” is causing business owners and HR departments to scramble to understand and comply with the massive changes in a very short period of time. As a reminder, COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) is a federal regulation that is applicable to employers of 20 or more employees who offer a regular group medical plan. [...]